Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit, 9079-9080 [E9-4299]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 39 / Monday, March 2, 2009 / Notices request must be served on every party on the Department’s service list. The Department will publish in the Federal Register a notice of ‘‘Initiation of Administrative Review of Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation’’ for requests received by the last day of March 2009. If the Department does not receive, by the last day of March 2009, a request for review of entries covered by an order, finding, or suspended investigation listed in this notice and for the period identified above, the Department will instruct CBP to assess antidumping or countervailing duties on those entries at a rate equal to the cash deposit of (or bond for) estimated antidumping or countervailing duties required on those entries at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption and to continue to collect the cash deposit previously ordered. This notice is not required by statute but is published as a service to the international trading community. Dated: February 23, 2009. John M. Andersen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations [FR Doc. E9–4347 Filed 2–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–201–822] erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico; Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: Due to the fact that the Department of Commerce (the Department) requires additional information from the respondent, ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V. and Mexinox USA, Inc. (collectively, Mexinox), in order to complete our analysis, the Department finds that it is not practicable to complete the preliminary results of this review within the original time frame. Accordingly, the Department is extending fully the time limit for completion of the preliminary results of this administrative review until no later than July 31, 2009, which is 365 days from the last day of the anniversary month. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 2, 2009. VerDate Nov<24>2008 12:24 Feb 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Edwards or Brian Davis, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–8029 or (202) 482– 7924, respectively. 9079 This extension is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(3)(A) and 777(i) of the Act. Dated: February 23, 2009. John M. Andersen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration. [FR Doc. E9–4343 Filed 2–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S Background On July 30, 2008, the Department received a timely request from Mexinox for revocation from the antidumping duty order on certain stainless steel sheet and strip (S4) in coils from Mexico. On July 31, 2008, the Department received a timely request from Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, AK Steel Corporation, and North American Stainless, to conduct an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on S4 in coils from Mexico. On August 26, 2008, the Department published a notice of initiation of this administrative review, covering the period of July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 73 FR 50308 (August 26, 2008). The current deadline for the preliminary results of this review is April 2, 2009. Extension of Time Limits for Preliminary Results Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires the Department to complete the preliminary results of an administrative review within 245 days after the last day of the anniversary month of an order for which a review is requested. However, if it is not practicable to complete the review within this time period, section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act allows the Department to extend the time limit for the preliminary results to a maximum of 365 days after the last day of the anniversary month of an order for which a review is requested. The Department finds that it is not practicable to complete the preliminary results of this review within the original time frame because additional information from the respondent, Mexinox, is necessary to complete our analysis and we will not have sufficient time to obtain and analyze the new information prior to the current deadline for the preliminary results. Accordingly, the Department is extending fully the time limit for completion of the preliminary results of this administrative review until no later than July 31, 2009. We intend to issue the final results no later than 120 days after publication of the preliminary results notice. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XN12 Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; intent to issue exempted fishing permits, request for comment. SUMMARY: NMFS announces the intent to issue exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to Pacific whiting shoreside vessels and first receivers that participate in a maximized retention and monitor program for the 2009 Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. EFPs are needed to allow vessels to retain catch in excess of the cumulative limits and to retain prohibited species until offloading. EFPs are also needed to allow first receivers to possess Pacific whiting deliveries with prohibited species and catch that is in excess of cumulative limits, and to used hopper type scales to derive accurate catch weights prior to sorting. Issuance of the EFPs would allow NMFS to collect catch data on incidentally caught species, including salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act, and would allow new components of an overall monitoring program to be investigated before implementation of a regulatory program. DATES: Comments must be received by March 17,2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648–XN12 by any one of the following methods: • Fax: 206–526–6736, Attn: Becky Renko. • Mail: Barry A. Thom, Acting Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115–0070, Attn: Becky Renko. E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 9080 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 39 / Monday, March 2, 2009 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Renko or Kevin Duffy at (206) 526–6140. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Magnuson– Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 600.745 which states that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited in order to collect data among other activities. On January 14, 2009, NMFS Northwest Region sent a letter to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) that included a proposal for issuance of EFPs to vessels and first receivers participating in the 2009 Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. If issued, the EFPs would provide for a maximized retention and monitoring program for the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. The proposed maximized retention and monitoring program regulations are intended to allow for the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery to be efficiently prosecuted while providing accurate catch data such that the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requirements for this fishery are adequately met. The issuance of EFPs would allow approximately 40 vessels to delay sorting of groundfish catch and to retain catch in excess of cumulative trip limits and prohibited species catch until offloading. These activities are otherwise prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(10) and (a)(2), respectively. Additionally, issuance of the EFPs to approximately 15 first receivers (generally land–based processing facilities) would allow first receivers to possess more than a single cumulative limit of a particular species, per vessel, per applicable cumulative limit period. The possession of catch in excess of the cumulative limits is otherwise prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(10). In addition, the EFPs would include an allowance for first receivers to use hopper type scales to derive an accurate total catch weight prior to sorting. Regulations pertaining to sorting at § 660.370(h)(6) and prohibitions at § 660.306(a)(7) require vessels to sort the catch before weighing. Issuance of the EFPs would allow for the collection of information on the catch of salmon, non–whiting groundfish, and other non–groundfish species incidentally taken with Pacific whiting. These data are needed to monitor the attainment of the shore– based whiting allocation while assuring that the fishery specifications (bycatch VerDate Nov<24>2008 12:24 Feb 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 limits, species allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) are not exceeded. Because whiting flesh deteriorates rapidly once the fish are caught, whiting must be minimally handled and immediately chilled to maintain the flesh quality. Allowing Pacific whiting shoreside vessels to retain unsorted catch will also enable whiting quality to be maintained. At the June 2007 Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting, the PFMC recommended that NMFS implement a maximized retention program in Federal regulations that would allow full retention of Pacific whiting catch by the vessels and delivered to first receivers on shore. NMFS Northwest Region is in the process of transitioning the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery from a maximized retention and monitoring program conducted under EFPs to a Federal regulatory program. Though it was expected that the program would be in place at the start of the 2009 fishing season, it will not be possible given the complexity in developing the program. The EFPs, as proposed, would be used to investigate the new components of the overall monitoring program before regulatory implementation. The EFPs would be in effect until the effective date of the new Federal maximized retention and monitoring program, or December 31, 2009, if the regulatory program is not in effect by that time. Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and monitoring program would require Pacific whiting shoreside vessels to dump unsorted catch directly below deck and would allow unsorted catch to be landed, providing that an electronic monitoring system (EMS) is used on all fishing trips to verify retention of catch at sea. The EMS is an effective tool for accurately monitoring catch retention and identifying the time and location of discard events. The EFPs would include provisions for EMS, paid for by the vessels, similar to the 2008 EFP and similar to the proposed Federal regulatory program. Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and monitoring program would also require first receivers to have on shore monitoring conducted by catch monitors. Catch monitors are third party employees, paid for by industry, and trained to NMFS standards. The EFP would include provisions for third party catch monitors from a NMFS specified provider. Like the proposed Federal regulatory program, catch monitors used under the EFPs would be trained in techniques that would be used for the verification of fish ticket data and in PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 species identification. Catch monitor duties include overseeing the sorting, weighing, and recordkeeping process, as well as gathering information on incidentally caught salmon. Catch monitors verify the accuracy of electronic fish ticket data used to manage the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery such that inaccurate or delayed information does not result in any fishery specifications (bycatch limits, species allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) being exceeded. In 2008, the first receiver EFPs required each first receiver to have one catch monitor on each day that Pacific whiting deliveries were received. In June 2008, to insure the integrity of sector–specific bycatch limits, the Council recommended as part of the 2009–2010 harvest specifications and management measures, that NMFS increase the catch monitor coverage in the proposed monitoring program to full coverage. With full coverage all Pacific whiting deliveries are monitored by catch monitors (the number of individual catch monitors per facility would vary depending on the hours of operation and the number of Pacific whiting deliveries received each day). NMFS intends to implement the Council’s recommendations for full catch monitoring coverage in its rulemaking for a maximized retention and monitoring program. To be consistent with Council recommendations, the first receiver EFPs would also require full catch monitor coverage for 2009. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 24, 2009. Emily H. Menashes Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–4299 Filed 2–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XN61 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic and the New England Fishery Management Councils’ (MAFMC/NEFMC) Joint Spiny Dogfish Committee. E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XN12


Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; 
Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing 
Permit

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; intent to issue exempted fishing permits, request for 
comment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the intent to issue exempted fishing permits 
(EFPs) to Pacific whiting shoreside vessels and first receivers that 
participate in a maximized retention and monitor program for the 2009 
Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. EFPs are needed to allow vessels to 
retain catch in excess of the cumulative limits and to retain 
prohibited species until offloading. EFPs are also needed to allow 
first receivers to possess Pacific whiting deliveries with prohibited 
species and catch that is in excess of cumulative limits, and to used 
hopper type scales to derive accurate catch weights prior to sorting. 
Issuance of the EFPs would allow NMFS to collect catch data on 
incidentally caught species, including salmonids listed under the 
Endangered Species Act, and would allow new components of an overall 
monitoring program to be investigated before implementation of a 
regulatory program.

DATES: Comments must be received by March 17,2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648-XN12 by any 
one of the following methods:
     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Becky Renko.
     Mail: Barry A. Thom, Acting Regional Administrator, 
Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-0070, 
Attn: Becky Renko.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Renko or Kevin Duffy at (206) 
526-6140.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 
600.745 which states that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing 
activities that would otherwise be prohibited in order to collect data 
among other activities. On January 14, 2009, NMFS Northwest Region sent 
a letter to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) that 
included a proposal for issuance of EFPs to vessels and first receivers 
participating in the 2009 Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. If issued, 
the EFPs would provide for a maximized retention and monitoring program 
for the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. The proposed maximized 
retention and monitoring program regulations are intended to allow for 
the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery to be efficiently prosecuted 
while providing accurate catch data such that the Endangered Species 
Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
requirements for this fishery are adequately met.
    The issuance of EFPs would allow approximately 40 vessels to delay 
sorting of groundfish catch and to retain catch in excess of cumulative 
trip limits and prohibited species catch until offloading. These 
activities are otherwise prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 
660.306(a)(10) and (a)(2), respectively.
    Additionally, issuance of the EFPs to approximately 15 first 
receivers (generally land-based processing facilities) would allow 
first receivers to possess more than a single cumulative limit of a 
particular species, per vessel, per applicable cumulative limit period. 
The possession of catch in excess of the cumulative limits is otherwise 
prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(10). In addition, the 
EFPs would include an allowance for first receivers to use hopper type 
scales to derive an accurate total catch weight prior to sorting. 
Regulations pertaining to sorting at Sec.  660.370(h)(6) and 
prohibitions at Sec.  660.306(a)(7) require vessels to sort the catch 
before weighing.
    Issuance of the EFPs would allow for the collection of information 
on the catch of salmon, non-whiting groundfish, and other non-
groundfish species incidentally taken with Pacific whiting. These data 
are needed to monitor the attainment of the shore-based whiting 
allocation while assuring that the fishery specifications (bycatch 
limits, species allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) 
are not exceeded. Because whiting flesh deteriorates rapidly once the 
fish are caught, whiting must be minimally handled and immediately 
chilled to maintain the flesh quality. Allowing Pacific whiting 
shoreside vessels to retain unsorted catch will also enable whiting 
quality to be maintained.
    At the June 2007 Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting, 
the PFMC recommended that NMFS implement a maximized retention program 
in Federal regulations that would allow full retention of Pacific 
whiting catch by the vessels and delivered to first receivers on shore. 
NMFS Northwest Region is in the process of transitioning the Pacific 
whiting shoreside fishery from a maximized retention and monitoring 
program conducted under EFPs to a Federal regulatory program. Though it 
was expected that the program would be in place at the start of the 
2009 fishing season, it will not be possible given the complexity in 
developing the program. The EFPs, as proposed, would be used to 
investigate the new components of the overall monitoring program before 
regulatory implementation. The EFPs would be in effect until the 
effective date of the new Federal maximized retention and monitoring 
program, or December 31, 2009, if the regulatory program is not in 
effect by that time.
    Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and 
monitoring program would require Pacific whiting shoreside vessels to 
dump unsorted catch directly below deck and would allow unsorted catch 
to be landed, providing that an electronic monitoring system (EMS) is 
used on all fishing trips to verify retention of catch at sea. The EMS 
is an effective tool for accurately monitoring catch retention and 
identifying the time and location of discard events. The EFPs would 
include provisions for EMS, paid for by the vessels, similar to the 
2008 EFP and similar to the proposed Federal regulatory program.
    Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and 
monitoring program would also require first receivers to have on shore 
monitoring conducted by catch monitors. Catch monitors are third party 
employees, paid for by industry, and trained to NMFS standards. The EFP 
would include provisions for third party catch monitors from a NMFS 
specified provider. Like the proposed Federal regulatory program, catch 
monitors used under the EFPs would be trained in techniques that would 
be used for the verification of fish ticket data and in species 
identification. Catch monitor duties include overseeing the sorting, 
weighing, and recordkeeping process, as well as gathering information 
on incidentally caught salmon. Catch monitors verify the accuracy of 
electronic fish ticket data used to manage the Pacific whiting 
shoreside fishery such that inaccurate or delayed information does not 
result in any fishery specifications (bycatch limits, species 
allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) being exceeded.
    In 2008, the first receiver EFPs required each first receiver to 
have one catch monitor on each day that Pacific whiting deliveries were 
received. In June 2008, to insure the integrity of sector-specific 
bycatch limits, the Council recommended as part of the 2009-2010 
harvest specifications and management measures, that NMFS increase the 
catch monitor coverage in the proposed monitoring program to full 
coverage. With full coverage all Pacific whiting deliveries are 
monitored by catch monitors (the number of individual catch monitors 
per facility would vary depending on the hours of operation and the 
number of Pacific whiting deliveries received each day). NMFS intends 
to implement the Council's recommendations for full catch monitoring 
coverage in its rulemaking for a maximized retention and monitoring 
program. To be consistent with Council recommendations, the first 
receiver EFPs would also require full catch monitor coverage for 2009.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: February 24, 2009.
Emily H. Menashes
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-4299 Filed 2-27-09; 8:45 am]
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